Jul 26, 2013 2:00pm PDT
in a minute. here's my general question. should the united states be primarily concerned with its own defense? do we have to be careful we don't get invaded and two days later say somebody says if we'd only done one thing because we're concerned about civil liberties. >> if you come out what looks to be an argument and you didn't use that power, you're dead politically in this country if you get attacked. >> chris, i worked 20 feet from the oval office for years and i saw the president the national security team grapple with a very real threat of attack. and the tools that are there that the nsa provided were important in thwarting some of those attacks. if we hadn't done it, then we would indeed have had more catastrophic kinds of attacks. i think people would have been outraged about it we have to be careful how we do that, and what the president suggested is that's why we have to have the involvement of all three branches of government. the answer is not to scrap the intelligence gathering that has demonstrably helped keep the american people safer. >> i don't like this. >> trisha: i'm not
Jul 29, 2013 2:00pm PDT
and not letting enough money be left over for national defense. so i think it's precisely those people that are making us weak in defense. i didn't start this one, and i don't plan on starting things by criticizing other republicans. but if they want to make me the target, they will get it back in spades. >> one makes me think of a high school student council election, gimme gimme gimme. republican king of new york issued a stark warning to the party on cnn's state of the union. here he is. >> when you have rand paul actually comparing snowden to martin luther king or henry david thoreau, this is madness. this is the anti-war left wing democrats of the 1960s that nominated george mcgovern and destroyed their party for almost 20 years. i don't want that happening to our party. >> love this fight. joining me now are two msnbc political analysts. neither strong republicans from what i can tell. david corn with mother jones and jonathan alter who comes from an old line democratic family. the a beautifully written book by john alter, "obama and his enemies." it is a fair fight because they'
Jul 24, 2013 2:00pm PDT
in the president's big speech today. i heard an offense and i heard a defense. first the obama offense. he sees the economy not getting all that much better this year or later. and doesn't want to be blamed for it. what he wants is a battle, a national debate on the following question. did the people want to persist with the rate of growth we have now with higher than healthy jobless rate that is ebbing only slowly or push for infrastructure spending and other steps that will kick the economy into a higher gear? he wants this debate and he wants to be clearly positioned on one side of it. where the republicans refuse to support the agenda and he the president is seen promoting one. now to the obama defense. he also knows clearly the republican right ramrodded by cruz, paul, and lee are planning a showdown this fall. a manufacturing crisis that risks national default. he the president wants to position himself in the national standup that coming this fall as the leader that wants government to function. his opponents those are the people that want to shut government down. he's admitting the real
Jul 30, 2013 2:00pm PDT
guess. for a white house playing defense with things like the irs controversy and the national security leaks and obama care glitches, it's taken the offensive on this issue for good reason. we're talking about more than economic recovery for the white house. this is about power and politics, boll declaring war on enemies with specific terms. john brabender is a republican extravagant gist and margie o'mara is a democratic pollster and strategist. he's laying down what looks to be the beginning of discussion. republicans would love corporate tax cuts a drop he's offering from 38 down to 25 for manufacturing. he said going to spend more money on highways something republicans have always supported. they love spending money on highways. they love to spend that money, it means economic development in rural areas. number three saying minimum wage. all the republicans have to do is say we liking that corporate tax cut. yes to that, on the infrastructure, as long as you don't waste money. on real construction and three the minimum wage i'm not going that high. we'll give you a little bit. we'
Jul 30, 2013 4:00pm PDT
and the irs. for a white house that has found itself playing defense with things like the irs controversy and the national security leagues and obama care glitches, he has taken the offensive on this issue, and for good reason. we're talking about more than just an economic recovery for the white house. this is about power politics. this is obama declaring war on his enemies with specific terms. marg by o'mara is a democratic pollster and strategist. here is what i think he is doing. he is laying down what looks to be the beginning of a discussion. republicans would love corporate tax cuts, a drop he is offering from down to 25 for manufacturing. he is also going to spend more money on highways, something republicans have always supported. republicans love spending money on highways. they come from rural areas. they love to spend that money. number three minimum wage. all republicans have to do, john, play mr. republican here and say we like that corporate tax cut. yes to that. on the infrastructure, we'll do it as long as you don't waste money on what it's spent. on real construction. i
Jul 31, 2013 2:00pm PDT
, and this is no defense of the language, the language was clearly bad and sexist. this is not the first time at least this new york reporter has heard language like that from a president aide. there have been notoriously rough and aggressive and really colorful press aides in and around new york city and state government over the years. this was obviously a mistake by barbara morgan. this was obviously a mistake where she believed she was off the record or thought she was off the record, tpm says she was not. she shouldn't have been saying even if they thought she was off the record in general but especially given the circumstances of this campaign. i think that yesterday, i saw anthony weiner's 5:00 event in midtown. they seem like a campaign having a very, very hard time this is not a surprise. they don't quite know what to do at this point. >> anyways, you wrote it seems weiner is trying to channel the spirit of ed koch who wasn't a bad guy. last night we saw a side of him come out when a voter challenged him on the question whether he could ever be trusted. of course, he gave a self-interested an